Meet the team

Prof Niki Alsford

Prof Niki Alsford

Prof Niki Alsford is Professor in Asia Pacific Studies at the School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies at UCLan, Co-Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies and Co-director, along with Dr Lara Momesso, for the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies.

Prof Alsford is a historical anthropologist/ethnohistorian by training and welcomes proposals for doctoral research on Asian Pacific history and society in particular he is interested in supervising projects on anthropological studies of Taiwan, Pacific nation studies and Monsoon Pacific ethnohistories

Prior to joining UCLan, Professor Alsford was Research Fellow at the Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences as part of a research project titled: Power and Strategies of Social and Political Order of which his contribution was primarily the continuation of his work on comparative Taiwan social history. A core part of this project explored the formation and development of urban spaces in the Asia Pacific region.

Professor Alsford is an appointed Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS, the University of London and a Research Fellow at Ewha Institute of Unification Studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. He was formally an elected executive board member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS). He is currently Co-Editor of the BRILL Series in Taiwan Studies and the Routledge Korean Series. He has worked on a number of collaborative projects that include the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, the Council of Indigenous Peoples, and the National Museum of Taiwan History.

He is a Fellow of Royal Asiatic Society, Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Society, and Country of Origin Expert (Taiwan) for the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI).

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Dr Lara Momesso

Dr lara MomessoDr Lara Momesso is Lecturer and Course Leader for the BA Programme in Asia Pacific Studies at the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies at UCLan and Co-director, along with Prof. Niki Alsford, for the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies. She also is Co-Deputy Director, along with Dr Eduardo Tasis, for the UCLan Research Centre for Migration Diaspora and Exile.

Her research interests look at the specificity of gender in contemporary Asian migrations, the link between migration and political participation, the role of emotions in migration experiences.

She has an extensive track record on her main research theme, marriage migration between China and Taiwan. More recently she has turned her attention towards Asian migrant experiences in Europe, including Taiwanese citizens’ diplomacy in Europe, Chinese new migrants’ political participation in Italy, Chinese diaspora, triads and criminal networks in the UK. Another side project she has been involved in revolves around social media and democracy in Asian societies.

Prior to joining UCLan, Dr Momesso was Research Fellow at the Centre for European and International Studies Research at Portsmouth University with a project on marriage migration and family formation in the context of China-Taiwan relations. This project was funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

Dr Momesso is a Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS (the University of London, UK), an Associate Fellow at the European Research Centre of Contemporary Taiwan (University of Tuebingen, Germany) and is an elected executive board member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS).

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Dr Adina Zemanek

Dr Adina ZemanekDr Adina Zemanek joined UCLan as Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies in October 2018. She holds a PhD degree in cultural anthropology. Her current research focuses on nation branding and definitions of Taiwan in contemporary popular culture (graphic narratives, tourist souvenirs).

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Dr Ti-Han Chang

Dr Ti-Han ChangTi-han is a lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies at University of Central Lancashire. She researches and teaches across a range of interdisciplinary subjects such as environmental development and socio-political movements in the Asia Pacific region. With her expertise in Taiwan studies, she also delivers module specifically dedicated to the postcolonial history, literature and society in Taiwan. TI-han is particularly interested in postcolonial ecocriticism, which draws her attention to topics such as nonhuman agency, borders and nations, climate change and migration. Since 2019, she has undertaken a research project which investigates the impacts of climate change to the Pacific Islands and indigenous populations. Currently, she works on issues related to Pacific climate migrants

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​Dr. Moises de Souza

Dr. Moises de SouzaDr. Moises de Souza is Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies and Chair of the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP) at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

He is co-founder of the South China Sea Think Tank and Researcher in Asia Studies at the International Relations Research Center of the University of São Paulo (NUPRI-GEASIA). His research interests lie in Asian maritime disputes, Asia Pacific non-traditional security and China-Latin America relations.



Rowann Fitzpatrick

Rowann Fitzpatrick is the Asian Studies Institute Administrator within the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. Completing her first-Class Honours Degree in Fine Art in 2018, she joined the team in August.

Prior to UCLan Rowann worked as an Intern within the Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) assisting with Project Management, and volunteered within the Bradford City Council and the Leeds Youth Service, helping to execute events within their local communities.




Simon Green

Previous histories of the Spanish settlement on Taiwan (1626-1642) have focused on the Spanish experience. The literature, however, contains some of the earliest written accounts of the island's aborigines. I hope to look at the current literature on the Spanish in Northern Formosa and extract details regarding the aborigines. I then hope to advance this research, finding new sources and reinvestigating the old ones to compile as complete a story as possible of aborigine life in Northern Taiwan in the early 1600s.




Dr Ed Griffith

Dr Ed GriffithEd joined UCLan in September 2014 for the rapidly expanding Asia-Pacific Studies. He is continuing to work on research into the Sino-Japanese relationship and different perspectives on East Asian international relations more generally. He holds: a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from the University of Leeds, an M.A. in Japanese Studies, also from the University of Leeds, another M.A. in Chinese Studies from SOAS and a B.A. (Hons.) in International Relations & Global Politics from Nottingham Trent University, 2007.

Ed Griffith’s research interests are mainly focused on the international relations of East Asia, in particular the Sino-Japanese relationship and China’s approach to its own changing role in the region. He is interested in exploring how established IR theories can be adapted to deepen our understanding of China’s behaviour in developing its relationships with neighbouring countries.

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Dr Sojin Lim

Dr Sojin LimDr Sojin Lim is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in both MA North Korean Studies and MA Asia Pacific Studies within the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies, at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). She also works as Deputy Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU), and Chair of the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP).

Prior to joining UCLan, Dr Lim worked for aid agencies as senior research fellow with hands-on field experiences. She also worked as external lecturer in universities in Korea. Dr Lim has conducted various projects with international organisations as well. Dr Lim’s research interests lie at development studies, area studies, public policy, and political economy: development experience of South Korea; development assistance to North Korea; transformation of state system; institutional development and public policy in developing countries; global norms and compliance.

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Mark Plaice

Mark Plaice is a Professional Korean Tutor in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies at UCLan. He specialises in teaching beginner’s Korean. His research interests include contemporary South Korean popular culture, with a particular focus on Korean gangster films, spatial relations in genre film, and Korean TV drama and streaming media. He is also is a specialist in East Asian cinemas.

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Professor Thomas Gold

Professor Thomas Gold

Thomas Gold is Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught in the Sociology Department there from 1981-2018. He served as Chair of the Center for Chinese Studies and Associate Dean of International and Area Studies, as well as Executive Director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing. His research addresses a range of issues in Taiwan and China. He is currently writing books on social and political transformation in Taiwan since the end of Martial Law and a memoir of his year in China, 1979-1980.

Prof. Dr. Gunter Schubert

Prof. Dr. Gunter Schubert

Gunter Schubert is Professor of Greater China Studies at the Department of Chinese and Korean Studies, University of Tübingen. He is also the founder and director of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) at this university and Associate Research Professor at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. Prof. Schubert specializes in local governance and private sector reform in the PRC, cross-strait political economy and Taiwanese entrepreneurs operating on the Chinese mainland, and domestic politics in Taiwan and Hong Kong. He is also interested in theorizing the policy process in the PRC and in China’s “periphery politics”.

Prof. Michael Hsiao

Prof. Michael Hsiao

Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao is the Adjunct Research Fellow of Institute of Sociology, in Academia Sinica and Chair Professor of Hakka Studies, National Central University. He is also the chairman of both Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF) and the Executive Committee of Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), National Cheng-Chi University. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the President of Taiwan since 2016. His areas of specialization include: middle class, civil society and democratization in Asia; environmental movements, sustainability and risk society; and comparative Hakka studies in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

Dr Ann Heylen

Dr Ann Heylen

Ann Heylen, PhD. K.U.Leuven in Chinese Studies is Professor at the Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), and Director of the International Taiwan Studies Center (ITSC), at the College of Liberal Arts, NTNU. She is a founding member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS) and editor-in-chief of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture (EAJPC, Intellect, UK). Her research covers the history of Taiwan, from 17-20th century, with special attention to Dutch Formosa, the Japanese colonial period (1895-1945) and more recently 19th century relations between the Low Countries and East Asia.